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“Following the demise of the legendary Blossom Toes in December ’69, guitarist Brian Godding and bassist Brian Belshaw backed vocalist Julie Driscoll at two London concerts in early 1970, along with drummer Barry Jenkins. The second of these concerts took place at The Roundhouse on 27th February 1970. A highlight of the performance was a rendition of Godding’s rousing composition ‘New Day’, a song recorded by Blossom Toes but sadly not released. The concert was enthusiastically reviewed by the...

First-ever legit reissue of this title. In the late 1960s, there was an adventurous psychedelic band called The Blossom Toes, who released a couple of albums that were good, but, from all reports, never captured their real greatness. Eventually they br...

"Since 2014, Baal & Mortimer is the project of Alexandra Grübler, created in Düsseldorf, sonically exploring questions of resistance, autonomy, language, and identity. After the release of Earthrise on the label HEAVEN in 2018, her debut album Deixis will be released by Bureau B. She has collaborated with Black Merlin, Musiccargo, and Rupert Clervaux and was most recently a mentee of Laurel Halo for the Berlin Amplify program. Baal & Mortimer regularly presents her material in clubs, art spaces and...

“After a sixteen year recording hiatus, the unusual pair of Ab Baars (sax & clarinet) & Terrie Ex (guitar for The Ex) are finally together again in the studio. Terrie, wicked grin, tilting his head like a dog hearing an instruction to back off, jumps straight out of a favorite children’s book. The Menace from Wormer. And Ab, stepping right out of Fitzgerald’s Jazz Age. Nothing if not a gentleman: impeccably dressed, soft-spoken, well-mannered. An unlikely match if ever there was one. And yet...”-Guy Peters

“Baba Commandant And The Mandingo Band return with their second album, Siri Ba Kele. After the Afro-beat fury of their first album Juguya (2015), the band has now distilled a potent mix of traditional and modern Burkinabe funk with a reverent take on the iconic Mandingue guitar music of the 1970's. Mamadou Sanou (Baba Commandant) leads the band with a confidence earned from years of toiling in the DIY underground of the West African music scene. His riveting growl and main instrument, the doso n'goni....

Tzadik is proud to present three world premiere recordings and a critically acclaimed classic by one of the worlds greatest living composers. For almost six decades Milton Babbitt has been pushing the boundaries of contemporary composition creating a u...

You know Matt Baber as the keyboardist of Sanguine Hum and Antique Seeking Nuns.
Here he shows his talents in a very different style that will appeal to fans of folks like Harold Budd, Steve Reich, Erik Satie, etc. Completely different from what you known him for doing and equally wonderful!
He describes it "as a minimalist modern classical solo piano album but set against backdrops of rhythmic/ambient electronica."...

“Pre Charge crunching heavy blues metal monster, this is even rarer than Charge - only 50 were made in 1972. A slew of original tracks led by killer lead guitars and pounding rhythm section, fragments of Hendrix crash into Mayall. We prefer this to Charge, also forthcoming.
Sleevenotes by main man Dave Ellis. Only one copy exists with a hand drawn cover and this CDs title.”

How many bands can reform 51 years after their first recording with all the original personnel intact? Amazing. And still kicking ass!

“Merkurius is the mind-melting new surprise album from Baby Grandmothers, the originators of Swedish psychedelia. The band launches into drones, avant-garde dirges, and fevered hard-rockin' wig-outs heavily overblown with jams rocketing into surreal spheres, all with an urgency of the now. Baby Grandmothers are bona fide psychedelic originators...

This reissues an rather well known, 1978 self-released lp by a very theatrical, Genesis-influenced band from Florida. The influences show, but this is still quite aok!.

"I can't wait. I should have reviewed other albums before this but it's the first thing that I listen from this artist and I wasn't expecting anything like this. Symphonic orchestral arrangements on melodic bases and a concept behind. I'm not expert in...

Mysterious, verring between found sound, field-recording lo-fi and panoramically wide and rich solo guitar works, this is a deep ‘modern day’ American primitive gutiar’ recording! Conditionally recommended!

“Daniel Bachman has never shied away from bold musical statements, those that follow his exacting vision for what can be seen as "guitar music". The bold and engrossing "Axacan" sees Bachman defiantly playing against type and creating one of the most introspective and deeply personal albums...

This is the third album from this 70s-style Italian progressive rock band, who draw their main inspiration from early 70s style 'progressive hard rock' sounds, but also include some nice flute and sax passages to mix it up and keep it proggy. You can hear influences from Osanna, early Deep Purple, Nuova Idea and Jethro Tull, among others. This is hard-edged, but still filled with epic sounds.

This is the debut album by this Rock Progressivo Italiano outfit, originally released in 2004.

"Il Bacio della Medusa is an Italian prog band from Umbria that was formed in 2002 by Simone Cecchini (vocals, 6 & 12 acoustic guitar, mandolin, charango), Federico Caprai (bass) and Diego Petrini (drums, organ, keyboards, piano, vibraphone, percussion). In December 2003 Simone Brozzetti (guitar) and Eva Morelli (flute) joined the band and in 2004 they released their eponymous debut album....

“One of the most important bands of the Italian progressive rock scene, Il Bacio della Medusa from Perugia, interrupt a few years silence - "Deus lo vult" was released in 2012, and recently reissued by AMS Records along with the other two chapters in the group's discography - with a live album that returns the energy and the elegance of the band on stage, especially for those who have never had occasion to see them in such circumstances. This album, simply entitled "Live", was recorded at the Perugia...

Back Door were a trio of sax, electric bass & drums. Not progressive rock, not blues, not rock, but a bit of all and maybe even a little more. Bassist/vocalist Colin Hodgkinson was considered one of the greatest bassists of the time, & his work still impresses. The others aren't slouches either!

"Two CD set containing the British jazz-rock trio's first three albums for Warner Brothers, dating from 1973, 1974 and 1975. 8th STREET NITES was recorded at New York's Electric Ladyland Studios and...

The Backstage is a loose aggregation of players that Jonas Reingold put together in the wake of the cancelled world tour of the Steve Hackett band!
This is loose, fun, slightly funky jazz rock by some great platers just enjoying themselves and making the best they can of a bad situation...

"The Backstage: Jonas Reingold, Rob Townsend, Craig Blundell has gathered Prog/Jazz/Fusion royalty from around the globe in this exciting, eclectic project and has created the best Prog/Fusion music...

“The image on the cover says it all, a blast furnace exploding with elemental energy and heat. And it doesn't take long for the music on Old Smoke, a live release that represents the first recorded collaboration between saxophonist Steve Baczkowski, bassist Brandon Lopez and drummer Chris Corsano, to reach astonishing peaks of fiery intensity. This is a trio not to be trifled with, on a single-minded pursuit of powerful free improvisation in its most uncompromising form.
Of the three musicians...

“Pitched at the dawn of the American hardcore scene, Bad Brains hit all the fuses at 1000mph and owing to which, had already been banned from numerous clubs in their native Washington D.C. Their appearance at the Old Waldorf, San Francisco in 1982 presented a dub edge although Right Brigade, Destroy Babylon and Big Takeover would ultimately sew the familiar destructive passions of punk together in the set.
There was nothing out there to stop Bad Brains ripping up the rule book of a venomous youth...

The Bad Plus have been called a lot of things and whether or not you bought into the hype that surrounded this fine group when they burst on the scene as the last jazz signing to Sony (probably the last ever), the fact remains that they are a great...

Whether or not you bought into the hype that surrounded this fine group (the hype mostly because they were signed to a major label) the fact remains that they are a modern-sounding but still *jazz* piano trio and they appeal to a young audience...

"The easier Badger album to find, and the one worth having anyway. As the album's title indicates, the band also took the unusual step of making their first album a live recording of original songs. It has aged very well -- with all the energy of live...

"This melancholic, mosaic record . . . shuffles nimbly between extremes of darkness and light the way an Olympic figure skater transitions from twirls and spins to Lutzes and Axles, a suite of fluid, involving instrumentals that draws from...


Yes, this is for real. Experimental guitar wizzard Derek Bailey performs a program of his favorite standards in his own inimitable and energetic style. Inspired and energized by a very special vintage acoustic arch-top guitar, this intriguing solo reco...

Quite literally one of the most original and influential guitarists on the planet, Derek Bailey has completely revolutionized the language of guitar music in the twentieth century. His work has been championed by almost every cutting edge guitarist: Pa...

"In early 2002 Derek Bailey astounded the free music community with his gorgeous album Ballads, a radical and steely interpretation of the standard repertoire. It became an instant classic, hit a dozen best-ten lists and remains his best selling cd of...

Derek's terse, spidery guitarlines lines combine in an improvised session with the avant/artrock/metal/punk of Japan's Ruins. [Tzadik]

''Harmolodic noise funk for the 21st century. The godfather of improvisation in a free-wheeling trio with the legendary Philly rhythm section of Jamaaladeen Tacuma and Calvin Weston, friends for over 30 years and veterans of Ornette Coleman's Prime Tim...

Duos for guitar & bass; their first recording together in duo. ''Baileys sound is out there, endlessly redefining its musical structure...continually recycling tiny exquisite pitch constellations with Webernian finesse.'' [Potlatch]

"New routes in musical exploration are at the heart of drummer Andrew Bain's episodic suite, 'Embodied Hope' - a project with pianist George Colligan, saxophonist Jon Irabagon and bassist Michael Janisch.
An influential percussionist and educator based in Birmingham (and a first-call sideman both in the UK and the States), Bain's own research has led him to study a concept which seeks to link improvisation with the increasingly topical issues of human rights, community and social transformation...

Beautiful and mature solo album from Iona's guitarist. Subtle but at times intricate Bainbridge's Celtic influenced music will be a field day for fans of Steve Hackett, Gordon Giltrap and even Lorena McKennitt. He mixes up acoustic and electric guitar ...

"Tzadiks’s newest Spotlight series focuses on exemplary young bands with great dedication, passion, talent and imagination. This third release features the debut recording of Brooklyn-based Aram Bajakian’s newest unit Kef, named for the Armenian dance...

"Aidan Baker's I Wish Too, To Be Absorbed is a 2 disc compilation of tracks from various out-of-print, limited edition releases spanning the last 10 years of Baker's output, ranging from his very first release to material that was featured on the...

Duck Baker – guitar
Derek Bailey - guitar on "Indie Pen Dance" (2002)
Steve Beresford - piano on "Duo for 225 strings" (2009)
John Butcher - tenor saxophone on "The Missing Chandler" (2009)
Mark Dresser bass on "Shenandoah" and "Pope Slark" (1994)
Michael Moore - alto saxophone on "Imp Romp 2" (2008)
Roswell Rudd - trombone on "East River Delta Blues" and "Signing Off" (2002)
Alex Ward - clarinet and Joe Williamson - bass on "Ode to Jo" (2010)...

Duck Baker may be the most versatile acoustic guitarist in the world, recording music that ranges from American primitive-styled music (ala John Fahey) to non-idiomatic free improvisation.

"Featuring: Duck Baker (guitar), Derek Bailey (guitar)..

Jake Baldwin - trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn, vocals
Nelson Devereaux - tenor saxophone
Ted Godbout - piano
Ted Olsen - bass
Adam Harder-Nussbaum - drums

“Where You're Planted is the debut album as leader from Twin Cities based trumpeter and composer Jake Baldwin. Baldwin describes this album as a culmination of his musical experiences since moving to Minneapolis in 2013. The record taps into the regional jazz sound of the Twin Cities, influenced by groups like the Bad Plus..

"I've heard Balestracci's second release, Existences Invisibles. He is a solo artist, playing everything himself; keyboards, drums, percussion, voices and sound effects. How to describe this music? This is the sound of one hand clapping ... this is...

Franck Balestracci (Acoustic & Electric Drums, Keyboards, Percussion, Sound Effects & Uncomon Sounds, Deconstructive Voices), Marianne Denoia (Violin), Réginald Trigaux (Guitar), Guy Segers (Bass and Vocals).

"Franck BALESTRACCI's second album.

Traditional Sardinian songs ''from the hills to the sea'' for guitar & voice. [Felmay/New Tone]

Who are the Balkan Playboys? Just the umpteenth artistic metamorphosis of mercurial Nikola Parov, the multi-instrumentalist who over a long career has founded and directed a number of great outfits including Zsaratnok. Parov has always had a clear Idea...

"Norwegian innovator Jon Balke's first-ever solo piano disc! A remarkable `book' of 19 short pieces, grouped into four chapters and an epilogue, of music composed and developed, invented and improvised: exploring a whole vocabulary of ideas, techniques...

Co-produced by The Who’s Pete Townshend and based on the Lifehouse Project by The Who, how can I (or you) resist a electronic/spacey/modern composition that - in addition to the attractive ties to Baba O'Reily - also includes the following 3 pieces: Galax

"Syliphone was the national record company established in 1959 by the government of newly independent Guinea. Syliphone's premier ensemble was the Syli Orchestre National, which included many of the country's best modern instrumentalists -- among them...

This is a reunion album by original members of Il Balletto, the members who made their 1st album Sirio 2222.

Like that album, this has many psychedelic and even 60s rock influences, along with progressive hard rock and early proto-progressive elements.

Loud guitars, a rocking rhythm section and keyboards, along with vocals certainly influenced by 60s groups from beat groups onward and including guest vocals and keyboards by Gianni Leone!

Il Balletto di Bronzo are (rightly) remembered for making YS, one of the truly great 'one and done' albums of the Italian progressive rock movement of the early 1970s. This album consists of the demo tape - a primitive, 4-track recording, but...

New, digi-pack issue made from the tapes, of this well known group's debut album that isn't the one they are famous for, but is still a good one, for what it is.

"That is a plain warning for everyone out there that this 1970 debut by...

Gianni Leone – Vocals, Keyboards
Riccardo Spilli - Drums
Ivano Salvatori - Bass

Composed and arranged by Gianni Leone.
Recorded live in Rome at "L'Asino che Vola" on May the 31st 2018.

“...we have now decided to produce, the Bootleg, using the recording of our concert on 31 May, 2018 at L'Asino che Vola in Rome. Mind you: it is not “Balletto di Bronzo live”, otherwise it would have been conceived and carried out in a very different way and from the onset. In fact, we have no

Ys, the 2nd & last album by IBDB, is one of the most loved 70's Italian progressive rock releases. It is a classical rock classic that has seldom been equaled, with great soaring vocals, terrific, heavy Hammond organ playing, a creepy atmosphere, and...